Monday, December 27, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Wow!  What a storm!  We wound up with 13 1/2 inches of snow.  The base was closed again for all but essential personnel today, and thankfully the main roads had been cleared enough for Jarrod to make it home this morning.  I think my car is going to be staying in the driveway for a while though!

Jarrod got home just as I was getting everyone breakfast.  Charlotte went down for her morning nap soon after eating, and Jarrod, Trenton, and I took advantage of the pretty white snow outside. 

Trenton wasn't too excited about the snow yesterday, but he LOVED it today!  For a place that doesn't get a lot of snow, Trenton sure has seen his fair share of big snowstorms.

I think that Daddy had just as much fun out in the snow as Trenton did this morning!  Bailey was not such a huge fan.  The snow was so deep that he literally jumped around trying to make his way through it!  Trenton thought it was funny and decided to act like a dog and crawl around!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Oh Snow Good!

I last measured the snowfall an hour ago, and at that time, we were up to 11 inches!  The snow isn't supposed to stop until tonight.  Jarrod has duty today, so he had to go into work this morning.  Hopefully he'll be able to make it home tomorrow. 

Trenton and I took advantage of the snow this morning by making Snow Ice Cream at snack time!  I took Trenton out for a quick trip to scoop up some snow.  He wasn't too happy since it was already too deep for him to move!

I found this recipe at All Recipes and adjusted the recipe since I only needed two servings.  This was my first time eating snow ice cream, and it was great!  Trenton (Mr. Picky) liked it too!  He ate his topped with some of his baby sister's puff snacks.

Snow Ice Cream
8 servings
  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk 
When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency. Serve at once.

I mixed my sugar, vanilla, and milk together first so that the sugar could totally dissolve before mixing it with the snow.

Linked to:
Mommy's Kitchen Potluck Sunday
Sister Sister Sunday
Recipe Link Up Party @ Remodelaholic
Mouthwatering Monday @ A Southern Fairytale
Tot Tuesdays @ My Delicious Ambiguity

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas in the Smith Home

At 3:30am this morning, I wasn't quite sure that our Christmas would be so great.  I was up with Charlotte once again.  It wasn't her ears this time - it was stomach issues...ugh!  I finally got her back down around 5:45, and everyone in the house slept until 8:00.  Thankfully, Charlotte woke up a happy girl as did everyone else. 

Santa brought us a new babysitter - a Geotrax Christmas Town Train Set.  The train set is for both kids and will be put out every year at Christmas.  I'm not sure that we'll be able to put it away any time soon though.  Trenton played with it pretty much all day!  Charlotte likes watching it and doesn't seem to mind right now that Trenton likes to hog it.  Santa also brought a radio flyer push wagon for Charlotte and an easel for Trenton.


Trenton was having so much fun with the train, that this was the face we got when we suggested that we open all of our other gifts.

Once Trenton saw Daddy and Charlotte opening gifts, he finally joined in on the fun.

We stuck around the house the rest of the day.  Charlotte had several make out sessions with her Baby's First Kisses doll and even gave Trenton a ride in her push wagon.  Trenton has the concept of "under" down.  Since the Christmas train can run both on and off the track, he took it all around the house making it go "uh-dee" anything he could.  Bailey was not very cooperative in Trenton's efforts to steer the train under him. 

Now we're watching the snow come down outside.  It is supposed to snow all night, all day tomorrow, and into the night tomorrow.  The forecasted amounts are rising with each new weather report.  Too bad Santa didn't bring me that snow shovel I asked for!

We hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve With the Reilly's

We drove up to Richmond yesterday to spend Christmas Eve with some cousins from my side of the family.

Micheal, Jeannie, Nick, & Aiden
Mills, Karen, Jamie, & Luke
Aunt Carmen

We got to Michael and Jeannie's early in the afternoon so that we could go to church together.  We were going to the "secret mass" at 3pm at St. Michael the Archangel in Glen Allen.  Last Sunday, this mass was announced at each service, but it was not published.  Obviously a lot of people told a lot of other people because when we got to the church at 2:30, the parking lot was totally full!  Police were telling people to park in the residential neighborhood across the street.  When we got inside the church, the sanctuary was full, the overflow room was full, and all of the seats that had been set up in the lobby were full.  We wound up standing in the sanctuary.  Jarrod and I both agreed that this was one of the best Christmas services we'd ever been to even though we had to stand.

Back at Michael and Jeannie's we got everything ready for dinner while the kids played.  Aiden is three months older than Trenton, and the two boys had a blast together!  Charlotte had fun crawling around and exploring everything.

I'm not sure how we all had room for dessert after the wonderful dinner we ate, but it was time for sweets, presents, and pictures!  We tried our best to get all of the kids together for a picture, getting everyone happy, still, and looking at the camera at the same time was no easy feat!

We also have a Christmas lesson that we learned the hard way and wanted to share with all of you...

...If you want a nice family photo for Christmas, don't wait until it's past your kids bedtimes to take it!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Truly Blessed

I am sitting on the couch with Charlotte falling asleep in my arms while watching Jarrod, the elf, getting a head start on assembling Christmas toys.  What a difference a year makes.  For those of you who don't know, Jarrod wasn't here last year for Christmas.  He was in Kuwait awaiting departure for Afghanistan.  It was great to have my parents here with me last year, but it was really hard having Jarrod miss out on Trenton's first Christmas.

It has been pretty crazy around here the past few days trying to get everything ready for Christmas, but right now, in this moment, I am sitting back watching Jarrod put an easel together and thanking the Lord that my little family can be together on this wonderful holiday. 

For this, I feel truly blessed.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3/4 of the Way to One Year!

Charlotte turned nine months old last week.  I can't believe that in just three short months, my baby will be a year old!  Charlotte's ninth month has been a very busy one.  Here's a rundown of what she's been up to.

* Weight - 19 pounds, 7 ounces - 61st percentile

* Height - 28 1/2 inches - 81st percentile

* Head Circumference - 16 1/2 inches - 4th percentile

* Charlotte loves finger foods.  She only has one tooth (broke through on Thanksgiving), so she can't eat a whole lot yet, but she'd sure like to!

* I truly thought that Charlotte was going to skip crawling and scooting.  She seemed perfectly content getting around the room by rolling.  The other night (December 13th), we were playing fetch with Bailey.  I threw one of his toys, and she started off crawling right behind Bailey!  She made it halfway across the room on her first try. 

* This was the month of the ear infection.  Charlotte had a double ear infection that just wouldn't go away.  She kept getting colds, and they would make the ear infections worse.  The doctor thought at one point that Charlotte might have had pneumonia too, so she had to get a chest x-ray.  Thankfully, the chest x-ray showed that it was *just* bronchitis.  At Charlotte's 9-month well baby visit, the doctor said that Charlotte's ears still aren't all the way healed, but they are a lot better than they were three weeks ago. 

* Another thing we found out at Charlotte's 9-month appointment was that she is slightly anemic.  The doctor put her on iron supplements.  They will check her again next month when I take Trenton in for his 2-year appointment.

* Charlotte's ear infections totally threw off her sleep schedule.  Jarrod and I were spending most of the night up with a screaming baby (Trenton somehow was able to sleep through Charlotte's screams) during the worst of her infections.  Most nights, Charlotte and I ended up downstairs on the couch where I would sit up and hold her.  She is not back to sleeping through the night, but getting up 1-2 times in the middle of the night is much better than being up all night!

* Charlotte is a cruising girl!  She can pull up on just about anything and has gotten really good at cruising around the furniture.  She hasn't gotten brave enough to let go yet, but she has pretty good balance holding on with one hand.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Jolly Old Fellow in Red

Yes, today we visited Santa!  We were on our way up to Richmond to see some family, so we stopped in at Yankee Candle Williamsburg to say hello to the jolly old fellow. 

I was unsure of how things would go since this is what last year's visit looked like.

Trenton did A LOT better than last year.  He was first on Santa's lap today.  He was a little hesitant, but at least he didn't have another melt down!

Charlotte then hopped on with Trenton.

Santa took the time to talk to both Trenton and Charlotte.

He must have said something that upset Charlotte.

Trenton couldn't say goodbye to Santa without telling him that he wants a choo-choo for Christmas!

Thanks, Santa!  We'll see you again next year!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow Day

It snowed today!  And it stuck!  We got some snow on Monday too, but it was a little warmer then and the little bit that stuck to the grass melted within an hour after the snow stopped falling. 

Today's snow started around 10:30am and immediately started sticking to everything.  By the time it stopped around 2:00, we had about 2 1/2 inches of accumulation.  The kids both woke up a little early from their naps, so I took them outside to play.

Charlotte just sat and looked pretty.  She didn't seem to mind the cold too much.

I made a couple of snowballs, and threw them at Trenton.  I tried to get him to make snowballs, but he was way more interested in eating the snow.  I don't know what made him want to taste it, but it wasn't me!  I think the snow was colder than he expected!

Charlotte was sad that she couldn't play with Mommy and Trenton.  I'm sure she'll be ready to run around with us next year!

It started raining, so we had to go inside.  Trenton wasn't quite ready though.

He could have made a whole meal out of snow!  I think we're going to try out Paula Deen's snow ice cream recipe the next time it snows!

I also snapped a photo of our house lit up for Christmas.  This was our first year decorating outside.  I want to expand next year, but I have my work cut out for me in convincing Jarrod!

* If you love Charlotte's hat as much as I do, check out Simply Basic Designs on Etsy.  She has a ton of cute stuff!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Which also translates to - It's the Most BUSY Time of the Year!  Especially when the hubster isn't home to help out.  Thankfully he'll be back from the ship's latest underway soon. 

So what have we been up to???

Trying to get Charlotte healthy.  Charlotte's first ear infection turned into a month long event paired with horrible colds that eventually led to needing a chest x-ray.  When the alternative is pneumonia, a diagnosis of bronchitis sounds pretty good.  Thankfully, she seems to be getting better and is having fun being more mobile and playing with her brother.

Trying to get Trenton to talk.  We started worrying about Trenton's speech (or lack thereof) earlier this fall when all of the words that he had been saying suddenly turned into "yaya."  I talked it over with Trenton's doctor, and she gave me the number to local speech therapy services.  Trenton had his initial assessment last month, and then a full evaluation last week.  He is at 24 months for receptive language - he understands very well - but is at a 16 month level for his expressive language.  A speech therapist will be coming out to the house once a week to work with Trenton.  We have noticed an increase in the amount of words Trenton has been using the past few weeks though.  He's even putting a few two-word phrases together.  My favorite - "ma hay."  "Ma" is Trenton's word for more.  It took me a little while to figure out what hay was.  At first I thought he was saying "hey."  Then I thought he was trying to say hair.  I finally realized that he was talking about Frosted Mini Wheats!  I guess they do look like hay! 

I've been staying busy with my Esty store.  These furry leg warmers have been big sellers this season.  I think it's the cute model!

We are planning on visiting Santa once Daddy gets home, so look for pictures soon!